The trapezius muscle is a large, triangular-shaped muscle located in the back and neck. It is used to move, rotate, and stabilize the shoulder blades. When the trapezius muscle becomes strained or overused, it can cause pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and back. Fortunately, chiropractic care offers several solutions for treating trapezius strain.
What Causes Trapezius Strain?
Trapezius strain occurs when the muscle fibers become torn or stretched due to overuse or injury. This can happen as a result of activities such as sports, physical labor, repetitive motions, poor posture, or even stress. Symptoms of trapezius strain include pain in the neck and shoulders that worsens with activity, weakness in the arms and hands, and difficulty moving your head from side to side or up and down.
Chiropractic Solutions for Trapezius Strain
Chiropractors specialize in treating musculoskeletal conditions like trapezius strain through non-invasive methods such as spinal manipulation and massage therapy. Spinal manipulation involves manipulating joints to reduce pain, restore range of motion, improve flexibility, and increase mobility. Massage therapy works by releasing tight muscles around the affected area which helps reduce pain and inflammation. These techniques are often combined to provide maximum relief from symptoms of trapezius strain. Other treatments may include lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly to strengthen weak muscles around the affected area or using cold/hot packs to relieve inflammation.
Chiropractors also provide education on how to prevent future injuries by teaching proper posture techniques while sitting at work or during activities like sports or exercise. They may also recommend ergonomic equipment such as adjustable chairs that help keep your body properly aligned while sitting for long periods of time or suggest alternative activities that put less strain on your body such as swimming instead of running.
Chiropractors are an excellent resource for treating trapezius strains because they can provide comprehensive treatment options that address not just the symptoms but also look at underlying causes such as poor posture habits or lifestyle choices that might be contributing to your condition. With their help, you can find relief from your pain while also preventing future injuries by learning how to properly protect yourself while engaging in physical activities or working at a desk job.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or one of the other chiropractors at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!